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“Glad All Over”

Dave Clark Five | 1964

With storm trooper stomps and an irrepressibly upbeat chorus, "Glad All Over" became the first major British Invasion hit in the U.S. by a band other than the Beatles. It was also the song that knocked "I Want to Hold Your Hand" off the top of the British hit parade. "I was going through my record collection, and I saw the title 'Glad All Over,'" remembered Dave Clark Five singer Mike Smith. "I couldn't remember what the song was like, but I thought it was a great title. So I sat down at my dad's piano and wrote 'Glad All Over.'"

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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